|1. What are you currently up
I have a new
touring group called Two Fires. We are doing Midwest dates. You can keep
up with Two Fires by visiting
I am also producing several new artists, Jenny Way, Aria Skye, JuJu Kings,
and David Bowling.
|2. Who were your
Several: I must
say that Herbie Herbert has left quite an impression on my musical carreer.
He taught me that you are only as big as the effort that you put forward.
Also, Gregg Rolie for showing me kindness and direction. Jim Peterik for
helping me hone my writing skills. I have some other important people that
I can credit for making a difference in my life. Lorretta Condon was my first
grade teacher and neighbor. She taught me to sing at a young age. Dorothy
Benckendorf for helping me grow closer to God. My wife Judy and my children
Jayson Joel and Melinda for being my inspiration to keep
|3. Which band would you like to
|4. The Storm is a classic album
and rightly so. Are there any unreleased tunes? Any plans to re-release the
CD with bonus material?
That has been
discussed. There are unreleased tracks yes.
|5. You do a great version of Survivor's
'I Can't Hold Back' on 'Rock America'. Who decided on who sang on what? Was
this a one-off or are there possibly more shows in the future?
Thanks for the
compliment. I told Jim which Survivor tunes that I liked and we decided together.
Yes, I have a gig slated with Jim Peterik in October. I just spoke with Don
Barnes of 38 Special a couple of days ago at his Ottawa Illinois show. He
is a great guy. He is going to try to make that show as well.
Photo: Ray Ferrer
6. How do you find time to write so
many classic tunes? Have any ever been covered by other artists?
They come to me from outerspace, I guess. Cher has covered "Who Ya Gonna
Believe" on her Love Hurts CD. Mickey Thomas covered "Keys To the City" on
a greatest hits CD. Axe covered "Love Changes Everything" on a ballads CD.
I like writing with seasoned writers, then taking them to the band already
constructed for execution live or on record.
|7. Any plans to bring Two Fires
over to the UK/Europe? I would imagine it's cost that puts a lot of US bands
off, although Z Rock and The Gods have been very successful with a large
I enjoy Europe
very much. I have participated in several godfest's. We came in 1999 and
2000. The problem is that the business has changed and it takes a promoter
with deep pockets to make a show come off right. Lights, sound, travel, hotels,
food and profits are needed to make such a trip possible. In the past, Godsfest
would not pay groups for the show, just part of the travel and
|8. Who would you like to work with
in the future?
Steve Smith, Jeff Beck, Gregg Rolie, Brian May, Jim Peterik, The Dream
|9. What was the last thing you
|10. Message for your
Fans are my
most valuable resource. I can not stay in music for a day without "real fans".
Real fans buys records and merchandise and come to shows. Listeners download
for free. Real fans stay in the loop to support artists. Keep supporting
your favourite artists, they need you...you know who you are!